Travessias Brazilian Film Festival 2024 [In-Person Only]


May 24–25, 2024 [In-Person Only]

Co-presented with the UW Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies, Department of Cinema and Media Studies, Center for Global Studies, Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program (LACS), Simpson Center for the Humanities, Equity, Justice, and Inclusion (EJI), College of Arts and Sciences.

Curated by Emanuella de Moraes, Livia Lima, and Calac Nogueira, with support from professors Eduardo Viana and Jonathan Warren at UW. The 2024 festival graphic design is by Aline de Paiva Paula.

⚠️ COVID-19 Policies ⚠️

NWFF patrons will be required to wear masks that cover both nose and mouth while in the building. Disposable masks are available at the door for those who need them. We are not currently checking vaccination cards. Recent variants of COVID-19 readily infect and spread between individuals regardless of vaccination status.

Read more about NWFF’s policies regarding cleaning, masks, and capacity limitations here.

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Ticketing, concessions, cinemas, restrooms, and our public edit lab are located on Northwest Film Forum’s ground floor, which is wheelchair accessible. All doors in Northwest Film Forum are non-motorized, and may require staff assistance to open. Our upstairs workshop room is not wheelchair accessible.

The majority of seats in our main cinema are 21″ wide from armrest to armrest; some seats are 19″ wide. We are working on creating the option of removable armrests!

We have a limited number of assistive listening devices available for programs hosted in our larger theater, Cinema 1. These devices are maintained by the Technical Director, and can be requested at the ticketing and concessions counter. Also available at the front desk is a Sensory Kit you can borrow, which includes a Communication Card, noise-reducing headphones, and fidget toys.

The Forum does NOT have assistive devices for the visually impaired, and is not (yet) a scent-free venue. Our commitment to increasing access for our audiences is ongoing, and we welcome all public input on the subject!

If you have additional specific questions about accessibility at our venue, please contact our Patron Services Manager at Our phone number (206-329-2629) is voicemail-only, but we check it often.

Made possible due to a grant from Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, in partnership with Sensory Access, our Sensory Access document presents a visual and descriptive walk-through of the NWFF space. View it in advance of attending an in-person event at, in order to prepare yourself for the experience.

The Power of Solidarity:

Alliances abound in our political climate. As democracy is threatened, questioned, or postponed worldwide, people fight. Locally and globally, citizens reclaim power to protect fundamental rights across borders and make decisions for the common good.

In the fourth edition of the Travessias Brazilian Film Festival, we present a careful selection of films that reminds us to stay tuned to different forms of solidarity. Our three film programs present the best of contemporary independent Brazilian cinema, including feature and short films, documentary, fiction, and animation. The programs are interspersed with informal gatherings offering the audience the opportunity to hang out, meet new people, and discuss some of Travessias’s favorite topics, namely films and politics.

On the opening night, we invite you to support your union. As we know an empty bag won’t stand, we welcome every hard worker to attend our pre-screening reception featuring warm pães de queijo and coxinhas generously provided by Kitanda. Afterward, you will feel great to dance in cooperation with the precarious delivery giggers in Rio de Janeiro in the award-winner short film Neon Phantom (Leonardo Martinelli, 2021) and to rise with the rebellion promoted by the rural workers in the social thriller Property (Daniel Bandeira, 2022).

Our Saturday afternoon documentary program urges you to advocate for indigenous rights and land demarcation in the Amazon. Learn from the thought of Yanomami women through the short film Thuë Pihi Kuuwi – A Woman Thinking (Aida Harika Yanomami, Edmar Tokorino Yanomami, and Roseane Yarina Yanomami, 2022). And understand the challenges faced by Funai, the Brazilian state protection agency for indigenous rights, in The Invention of the Other (Bruno Jorge, 2022). This impressive documentary shows the agency’s efforts to reunite a group of Korubo to their original isolated community and features indigenist Bruno Pereira, murdered on a mission to control illegal fishing in 2022.

In our closing programming, we reaffirm the revolutionary strength of staying true to our beliefs and backing our community members. The animation short Manatanag, The Enchanted One (Shawara Maxakali and Charles Bicalho, 2019) combines visual art and Maxakali mythology. Following this magical realism lead, the youth in Heartless (Nara Normande and Tião, 2023) reveals how friendships and interspecies kinship are crucial to surviving bumpy times.

Moving on outside the movie theater, we hope you find new ways to celebrate and hold together.

Festival Pricing


  • $14 General Admission
  • $10 Children/Seniors
  • $7 NWFF Member
  • $0 FREE Admission for Students!

Set the vibe for Travessias 2024 with the festival’s Spotify playlist!

NWFF staff strongly recommends

Friday, May 24

6pm: Opening Night Mixer, with pães de queijo and coxinhas generously provided by Kitanda!

Saturday, May 25

Curator bios:

Emanuella Rodrigues de Moraes


Emanuella Rodrigues de Moraes has experience as a researcher, university lecturer and curator in Brazil. She received her Ph.D. in Culture and Society at the Federal University of Bahia. In 2018-2019, she also was a post-doctoral research fellow at the University of Washington, Seattle. She is currently based in Rio de Janeiro.

Livia Azevedo Lima


Livia Azevedo Lima is a nonfiction editor and multidisciplinary scholar with a Ph.D. in Cinema and Media Studies from the University of São Paulo. She lives in Seattle and coordinates the Los Angeles Review of Books Publishing Workshop.

Calac Nogueira


Calac Nogueira is a Brazilian film researcher, curator, and filmmaker based in Seattle. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of Washington. In 2020, he curated in Brazil the retrospective Lumière cineasta, in which the Lumière views were presented along with films from a variety of other directors, countries, and times. Recently, he finished the found footage short film The Hand That Touches the Arm (2022).

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